GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed defenseman David Hale to a two-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Hale, 27, recorded two assists and 46 penalty minutes (PIM) in 58 regular season games with the Calgary Flames last season. He also appeared six playoff games for Calgary.
The 6-foot-1, 208-pound Hale began the 2006-07 season with New Jersey and appeared in 43 games for the Devils before being traded to Calgary on Feb. 27, 2007. Following the trade, he played in 11 regular season games and two playoff contests for Calgary.
In 215 career NHL games with New Jersey and Calgary, Hale has recorded 11 assists, 175 PIM and a plus-17 rating. The Colorado Springs, Colorado native has also collected two assists and 20 PIM in 17 career playoff games.
Hale was originally drafted by New Jersey in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2000 Entry Draft. He played three seasons of collegiate hockey at the University of North Dakota where he registered 10-16-26 and 191 PIM in 104 games. He was named a Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Third Team All-Star following his junior year and played in the 2001 NCAA National Championship Game as a freshman.